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How wide should traffic lanes be?

Wider lanes = faster traffic = more danger for everyone.

How wide are car lanes? They’re usually 12 feet wide. Turns out that’s a nice width for you to be able to drive with your knees, maybe hold a burger in one hand and your phone in the other.

Wide lanes make it easy for motorists to get distracted. Billboards about texting while driving aren’t going to get a driver’s attention — they’re too busy scanning their phone.

Narrower travel lanes WILL get their attention. Drivers pay more attention when they feel squeezed. That squeezing sensation makes them more cautious drivers.

It makes you a more cautious driver.

The width of car lanes is a big deal. For a deep dive, check out these links for more information about the connection between safety and the width of car lanes:

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